With M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass a mere two weeks away, the long-awaited sequel completing the Eastrail 137 trilogy of Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) has certainly drummed up anticipation in the lead-up to its release. To add even more excitement to the mix, Shyamalan stated the film will feature content from Unbreakable that was not included in the original film.
Shyamalan confirmed as much in an interview with Fandango alongside actors Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy. “You do see moments of the original Unbreakable that … scenes that you didn’t get to see,” said Shyamalan.
The director did his best not to give too much away, but he couldn't help giving some details about Joseph Dunn, David Dunn’s son played by actor Spencer Treat Clark in Unbreakable. Shyamalan explained that, within the film, audiences will watch Joseph age 18 years.
Although Shyamalan has confirmed that the film will take place about two to three weeks after the events in Split and roughly 15-16 years after the events in Unbreakable, it doesn’t make this passage of time any less amazing. The fact that the audience will witness the aging of both Joseph and the actor that portrays him naturally instead of using CGI techniques is ambitious for the film about superpowered individuals living hidden in modern society.
Shyamalan said that, while the movie balances the elements of a comic book movie with a thriller, there is also a lot of drama in Glass with a specific focus on family. The movie will explore the family members of the superpowered individuals and how their abilities affect the lives and relationships of the people they care about.
Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass is slated for release on Jan. 18. The film stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast, Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass and Sarah Paulson as Ellie Staple.